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Since 1st March, 1999
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Serial watchdogs

Star Plus, the Hindi entertainment channel that brought back traditional saree-clad women on the small screen through its family serials, is getting even more vigilant about not hurting Indian sensibilities. It has employed a couple of women over 60 years to keep an eye on what the characters in the Star serials wear, do and speak. Their opinion will be sought on scenes that may border on the objectionable. The idea apparently is to rein in young creative directors, producers and writers who have no qualms about showing flesh and using politically incorrect language. The next step is to hire some NGOs to look at programming.

Real role

Actor Sameer Dharmadhikari, who played Raveena Tandon’s husband in Satta, is ready to go international. He is playing a psychiatrist in a Hollywood film called For Real. Not keen to divulge details about the project, Dharmadhikari says that the film revolves around a child. “Our brief is to look real, the way we are in real life,” he says. What impressed the actor most about working for a Hollywood production company was the discipline during the shooting in Delhi. Meanwhile, Dharmadhikari is also working in a Marathi film called Restaurant. For the actor who started out in Marathi serials, working in Marathi cinema is relaxing, as the atmosphere is “homely”, unlike in Hindi films where actors barely exchange pleasantries.

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